1 Second Everyday

I feel like I’ve had this problem ever since leaving college, but I sometimes have a hard time remembering things I’ve done. Especially while I was doing the 9-to-5 thing, my days were so routine. When I had an hour-long commute to and from client sites, I often came home and did nothing until I had to go to sleep early so I could get up the next morning and do it all again. In short, the days seemed to blend together and I had to think hard if someone asked me what I had been up to.

During last month’s spring break, my brother introduced me to a new app called “1 Second Everyday,” launched by TED Talk speaker, Cesar Kuriyama:

What I really like about this idea is that it’s so simple and solves a lot of modern-day annoyances. It helps your memory, it motivates you to use your days productively, and it frees you from feeling compelled to constantly document everything on your phone. Just record your 1 second and then truly enjoy the rest of the moment.

I’ve been using the app for just under a month now and love the results. Usually when I add each day’s 1-second clip, I’ll review the whole stream of what I’ve recorded so farĀ and I do think each clip triggers a much more vivid memory of that whole event or day than I would have otherwise been able to recall. Now that this is part of my routine, too, I definitely try harder to get out and not be a bum every day – Gotta have something cool to film for my second! Here’s what I’ve been capturing so far…

I also like how, if you’re diligent with this, you end up with an hour-long video for every 10 years of seconds you film. That’s awesome! I do intend to keep this up as long as I can (and can remember). We’ll see how it goes!